Fish Tales: Florence, AL – Part Seven

Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith stand next to Smith's mount of a dozen bass taken from the Tennessee River impoundments in the late 60s and early 70s. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith stand next to Smith’s mount of a dozen bass taken from the Tennessee River impoundments in the late 60s and early 70s. Photo Brenda Serrano.

This installment of Fish Tales, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, features veteran Tennessee River anglers Tom Smith, Ray Gresham and Bill Huntley cutting up on each other.

In this video, Smith talks about some of his early run-ins with Gresham and Huntley, specifically a tackle box he wanted to return to Gresham’s tackle shop and the time he placed an order for Huntley’s Bumble Bee spinnerbaits. Smith went to the “Bumble Bee factory” and was a bit surprised at what he found. [Read more…]

Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Kevin Short

Kevin (K-Pink) Short and two of hi Day 1 Classic fish. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Kevin (K-Pink) Short and two of hi Day 1 Classic fish. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year. [Read more…]

Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Mike McClelland

Mike McClelland holds two fish from his day-1 Classic XLV catch. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Mike McClelland holds two fish from his day-1 Classic XLV catch. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year. [Read more…]

Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Ott DeFoe

Ott DeFoe talks to Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer about his day-1 Classic performance. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

Ott DeFoe talks to Bassmaster emcee Dave Mercer about his day-1 Classic performance. Photo/Video Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year. [Read more…]

Classic XLV Videos: How They Started – Chad Morgenthaler

Chad Morgenthaler talks to Bass Fishing Archives' Terry Battisti. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Chad Morgenthaler talks to Bass Fishing Archives’ Terry Battisti. Photo Brenda Serrano.

The Bassmaster Classic Media Day offers media folks a great opportunity to find out from the anglers themselves how they think the Classic will pan out. It’s always great to hear what they think and who they feel will do well in the biggest event of the fishing year.

But we at the Bass Fishing Archives like to look at this event in another way, to find out some of the anglers’ history – primarily how they got their start bass fishing or how they decided they could make a living catching green and brown fish. Yesterday, that’s exactly what we did. We sat down with eight anglers and asked them, “What’s your story?” [Read more…]

Fish Tales: Florence, Alabama – Part Five

1974 Bumble Bee Spinnerbait ad. This is how Bill Huntley initially got into the fishing industry.

1974 Bumble Bee Spinnerbait ad. This is how Bill Huntley initially got into the fishing industry.

In this segment of Fish Tales, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, Bill Huntley talks about how he got into the fishing industry. If you’re an old spinnerbait fan, you might remember that it was Huntley who made the Bumble Bee Spinnerbait, the first spinnerbait that incorporated a ball bearing swivel. Huntley talks about how he came to put that little piece of integral equipment on the spinnerbait, the first to sway away from barrel swivels.

Huntley is better known, though, for his ownership of T&H Marine. Even if you don’t own a Hot Foot there’s no doubt that Huntley and T&H Marine have something on your boat. From lights to cleats to livewell plumbing, T&H marine makes nearly all the accessories that go on all of today’s bass boats.

So, click on the video below and listen to Bill spin a pretty entertaining yarn about how he got into the industry. Click on the links to see Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.

 

 

Fish Tales – Florence, Alabama Part Four

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Left to right: Bill Huntley (T&H Marine). Ray Gresham and Tom Smith pose around 12 mounted bass from the Tennessee River from the 1960s. The mounts, which belong to Smith, were done by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL. The smallmouths are all between 6 and 7-pounds while the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02. Photo Brenda Serrano.

In this segment of Fish Takes, videoed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November, 2014, veteran Tennessee River angler and famous bucktail jig maker Tom Smith talks about the 12-fish stringer he’s had since the early 70s. On this stringer, mounted by Vernon Bush of Huntsville, AL, there isn’t a smallmouth that weighs less than 6-pounds, topped by a 7-pounder, and the biggest largemouth weighs in at 9-02.

Smith caught all the smallmouths while five of the other six were caught by Roy Wilson. The last fish on the stringer was caught by Rick Kim. [Read more…]

Fish Tales – Florence, Alabama Part Three

Left to right: Tom Smith, Ray Gresham, Bill Huntley and Sam Moody talk at the 2014 Fish Tales event held at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Photo Brenda Serrano.

Left to right: Tom Smith, Ray Gresham, Bill Huntley and Sam Moody talk at the 2014 Fish Tales event held at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Photo Brenda Serrano.

This is Part Three of the video series Fish Tales, filmed at the Florence, Alabama Chamber of Commerce in November of 2014. The night featured three well-known Tennessee River anglers, Tom Smith, Ray Gresham and Bill Huntley – and their stories of fishing the Tennessee River impoundments in the early days of competitive bass fishing. [Read more…]

Ray Scott – The Start of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society

The Bass Boss and the man behind the advent of competitive bass fishing, Ray Scott, Nov 15, 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

The Bass Boss and the man behind the advent of competitive bass fishing, Ray Scott, Nov 15, 2014. Photo Brenda Serrano.

This past weekend I was invited to an event in Florence, AL by former Elite Series angler Jimmy Mason. The event was to be held Friday night and would feature Alabama fishing greats, Bill Huntley, Ray Gresham and Tom Smith. The trio, sitting at the head of a conference room in the Florence, AL Visitor’s Center, told stories of the old days of fishing in Alabama and on the Tennessee River impoundments. It was an awesome meeting and soon we’ll be posting some of those stories here in the Bass Fishing Archives – after we get done with the editing. [Read more…]

Stephen Browning – 1996 Red Man All-American Win

Stephen Browning 1996 Red Man All-American winner.

Stephen Browning 1996 Red Man All-American winner.

In this video post, Elite Series angler Stephen Browning talks about his 1996 Red Man All-American win on the Arkansas River. He looks back on the event, one that was held essentially in his backyard.

Local knowledge has a history of killing locals in big events like the Bassmaster Classic or FLW Cup. But Browning used his history with the river and knowledge of a pattern that still works at that time of year today as well as it did back then and before. [Read more…]

Mark Menendez – How He Started

Mark Menendez topped a field of 137 anglers in the LBL division on Lake Barkley in 1988. Photo September/October 1988 issue of Bass Fishing magazine.

Mark Menendez topped a field of 137 anglers in the LBL division on Lake Barkley in 1988. Photo September/October 1988 issue of Bass Fishing magazine.

In today’s video feature Mark Menendez talks about how he got his start in competitive bass fishing on the Operation Bass circuit. He remembers the two gentlemen that got him started, how his entry fees the first year were partially paid, practicing out of a 16-foot aluminum boat then jumping into another angler’s glass boat – an angler usually a lot older than him – and having to convince them he was on fish. [Read more…]

Stephen Browning – Wild Rules

Stephen Browning may be an exceptional angler but he's also a survivor.

Stephen Browning may be an exceptional angler but he’s also a survivor.

I know this is a fishing site but this is a story I’ve wanted to do for a long time – one that actually involves fishing in a couple ways. I’m not sure if you remember back to the year 2003 when ESPN ran the “Survivor-type” wilderness show Wild Rules. The show only lasted one season – when for former owner of BASS was testing the waters with outdoors-style shows. [Read more…]